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Walker Methodist team members accept leadership roles with LeadingAge

Amy Weiss | Mar 11, 2021

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Anneliese Peterson, chief operating officer, and Shelli Bakken, director of housing operations and customer experience, recently renewed their leadership roles with LeadingAge Minnesota. President and CEO Scott Riddle continues to serve on the Board of Directors.

Leading Age Minnesota is the state’s largest association of organizations serving seniors. With a mission to transform and enhance the experience of aging, LeadingAge offers resources to providers and families, advocates for older adults, hosts educational events, and more. The network consists of 60,000 caregivers and 1,100 members serving 70,000 older adults in a variety of settings.

Walker Methodist is one of five founding LeadingAge Minnesota member organizations. As a founding partner, said Anneliese, Walker Methodist takes seriously the duty to be a source of education for providers throughout the state. “Together we are stronger in ensuring we are providing the best care to older adults,” she said. “We learn best by sharing our experiences and learning from each other.”

Anneliese, elected District G Director, believes in the mission of LeadingAge and has been an active member for 18 years. She was also selected as Vice Chair of the Quality Committee, assisting with establishing best practices for organizations to follow to improve quality and overall experience for residents.

Appointed Chair of the Assisted Living Committee, Shelli is also a long-time member of LeadingAge. “Working in a collaborative way alongside so many of our industry peers helps Walker Methodist work through the current challenges of our industry to come up with new, imaginative ways to serve our elders,” said Shelli. “Improving processes and quality, as well as strong advocacy, for those we serve is a real, tangible way for us to honor and respect them.”

Walker Methodist’s mission to enhance the lives of older adults through a culture of care, respect, and service is not limited to the seniors in our settings and programs. Sharing a common mission and desire to help others, Walker Methodist and other LeadingAge Minnesota partners continue to care for older adults throughout all aspects of life.

“Our mission and vision are strengthened when we learn from other providers and LeadingAge,” said Scott. “We can help better serve our residents and also make a difference in our industry.”

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